The Saga Collection Entertainment Earth Exclusive
Item No.: Asst. 87055 No. 87057
Action Feature: Twist dome to extend or retract third leg
Availability: January 2006
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: Flies on X-Wing Fighter Red 10 during the Battle of Yavin. (Taken from the figure's box.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' carpet.
Commentary: When R4-G9 came out in 2005, I had one reaction: let's repaint the crap out of this. Thankfully a few months later I had my chance to propose a boxed set of droids (which went through a few mutations), and in its very first form the first astromech droid I put in any of the proposals was R2-X2 here. As such, you can guess, he's pretty special to me-- I mean, I got to ask someone to make this figure! It's been three years and it still makes me giddy. Since he's based on the best R2-D2-style body Hasbro has yet made, you can bet that he turned out as a pretty good figure. Twist the head, and his leg will go up and down. Move his legs and feet. Oh yes-- and admire his awesome black paint job, completely devoid of a clear plastic light-up eyeport. (This is important. If you're me. I'm glad they erred on making it look like the movie over the kid-friendly eyeport, which goes from "neat" to "eyesore" in about 2 seconds.)
It's a fun figure to play with, but it's lacking in accessories and basically exists to look cool. If you're reading this blog, that means you're probably the target market for it. Do you like the design? Great! Get one. If not, save your money. I'm hugely biased, but what did you expect? I think everybody should get this figure.
Collector's Notes: Sold out, not yet reissued. There's an ongoing debate between me and another collector on this figure's color. I say it's supposed to be black, he thinks it's dark green. The way I see it, Hasbro can always repaint it, but it looks right to me. One of my favorite things about this figure is that he apparently belongs to a Theron Nett in the movie. He still doesn't have a figure, but we've got his droid! (At least the droid looks cooler than yet another rebel pilot figure.) If you want just this robot, and not the boxed set, check eBay. There used to be tons of them individually for under $10, although lately they seem to have dried up. Also, I'm frequently asked "When can we expect Series III?" There are no plans to do another box of droids to my knowledge, so ask Hasbro if and when you see them. Since mid-2008, each figure includes a droid piece at retail, so I guess that's the main method for releasing Astromechs these days. (And the best, if you ask me, if you're a figure collector of the collect-them-all variety.)
Day 952: February 5, 2009